Friday, October 01, 2004

Orcinus: Rush, Newspeak and Fascism: Another in an important series of essays by Orcinus on the depth of the crisis in the US. He draws attention to an important fact: US extremism does not only consist in Bush and the neoconservatives. Christian fundamentalists form a huge minority in the US (Chomsky: 'there is nothing like it in any other industrialised country'); the right-wing 'Patriot' movement is an active and violent terroristic force; and finally right wing propagandists of the Limbaugh and Coulter variety articulate a vehement, even violent ('eliminationist'), series of attacks on their enemies ('liberals'). Draw this all together and you have the voting masses, stromtroopers and propagandists for a fascist takeover. One almost gets a sense that awareness has come too late. The election is a crucial moment because if it is close or contested there is a recipe for an acute political crisis.

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